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South Bend zoo gets 2 okapi, short relatives of the giraffe

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SOUTH BEND, IN (AP) -

 A northern Indiana zoo is set to become the first in the state to exhibit an endangered African species that's a relative of the giraffe.
   South Bend's Potawatomi Zoo recently acquired two okapi  from Chicago's Brookfield Zoo. They're expected to go on display later this month.
   Both are males standing about 5 feet tall. They're related to the giraffe but sport shorter necks, similar long ears and a long tongue.
   Zoo executive director Marcy Dean calls 4-year-old Corky and 2-year-old Will "the boys" and says zoo staffers are enamored with them.
   Dean tells The South Bend Tribune the okapi are a coup for the zoo because no other zoo in Indiana or Michigan has them.
   She says only about 20 to 25 other U.S. zoos exhibit okapi.

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